Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: BACKS TO WALL; Synners Set for Backlash from Durham ARNGROVE NORTHEEN LEAGUE FOOTBALL in Association with Ron Greig

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: BACKS TO WALL; Synners Set for Backlash from Durham ARNGROVE NORTHEEN LEAGUE FOOTBALL in Association with Ron Greig

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Byline: By ANTHONY VICKERS

BUBBLING BILLINGHAM Synthonia can expect to face a back-lash as they go to Durham City tomorrow.

Table-topping Durham will be smarting after they lost their impressive unbeaten record with a 3-0 home defeat to second placed Consett in midweek.

"They will have had a rocket after that and will be even more determined to win and that puts the pressure on us," said Synners boss Bobby Scaife.

"But there is pressure on them too. A week ago they were in the comfort zone but having lost they will be wary.

"If they lose another one then that little cushion has gone in the space of two games.

"So we know it will be difficult - but no more than any other game in this league is.

"They are a good side but we have no fears in going there.

"We have been playing well, working hard and applying ourselves in the right way.

"If we respond in the right way and play the way we can then we will get something."

Synners are in fifth spot now after a run of seven unbeaten and four straight wins.

BILLINGHAM TOWN take on a Spennymoor side managed by old boy Jason Ainsley as they look to stop the rot.

Since their double cup KO last month Town, among the pre-season title favourites, have taken just one point from 12 in the league and are languishing in the bottom half.

They still have games in hand on all the leading group but they can't afford any more slip-ups if they still want to be among the contenders.

"A win would claw them above tenth placed Spennymoor.

Ainsley is now in sole charge at Moors having guided them to promotion alongside ex-Boro star Jamie Pollock.

In division two GUISBOROUGH take on Hebburn looking to end their costly run of three successive defeats.

The Priorymen have slipped back from second place to sixth after consecutive reverses to revived strugglers in the shape of Sunderland RCA, North Shields and then last week Team Northumbria.

That set-back was only the student side's second win of the season - and it was the first league game all term in which the Priorymen had failed to score.

In-form MARSKE UNITED can leap-frog their rivals if they can win a top of the table clash at surprise package Ryton. …

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